Thursday, July 31, 2008

"En Plein Air"

I titled this painting "En Plein Air" with the French term meaning "painting outside on location." This is the 2nd painting that has been accepted into the art show at the Dallas Arboretum. My first attempt to paint "en plein air" was rained out and had to return another day. Such are the hazards of painting on location...along with heat, mosquitoes, and nosey squirrels. During the process of painting in what I thought was a private area just off a pathway, I heard a clicking noise, turned around and found that about 20 people were taking pictures of my creative endeavor! Privacy is another element that is forfeited when painting out-of-doors. It is also a very good way to meet interesting people.

9 x 12".... $ 400

Sunday, July 27, 2008

"The DeGolyer View"

This is one of 2 entries accepted into the "Paint-Out at the Arboretum" (Dallas, Tx) scheduled for the month of Sept '08. It will be showcased along with a national exhibit, "Beauty and the Brush". There will also be a "Members Only" event at the same time.

This painting is based on one of the windows at the front entrance of the DeGolyer house, built by the DeGolyer family in the early 1900's. It sits on 66 acres of lavish botanicl gardens. I was inspired by the contrast of texture between the stone masonry, the iron scrollwork and the graceful arch formed by the pale yellow roses.

Oil on Canvas-12 x 16"- $ 750